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Ramstein Winter Wheat - High Point Brewing Company

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Ramstein Winter WheatRamstein Winter Wheat

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

284 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 284
Reviews: 239
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 12.26%
Wants: 65
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
High Point Brewing Company visit their website
New Jersey, United States

Style | ABV
Weizenbock |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: xlperro on 04-17-2002)
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Reviews by JerzDevl2000:
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4.4/5  rDev +5.8%

Toured the brewery a week ago - they had a free tasting as well and I've wanted to see what was up there. Picked this up before heading home, seeing that it wasn't easy to find in retail outlets and it got good reviews on here. This is the first weizenbock that I've tasted, and I must admit that it was pretty intriguing!

Beer poured a very dark brown, with a hint of purple in it. Head filled right up to the top of my mug, and the lacing has been pretty impressive as well. Looks a bit like a stout, but it doesn't really taste like one. The chocolate presence isn't as strong as the caramel, toffee, malt, and wheat that blend together to make for a very soothing and addicting taste. The mouthfeel is wonderful - each sip foams right up and the aftertaste is warm, but only bitter enough to leave you wanting more. No making faces at the taste and there aren't any spices to mask the results of the unfiltering. The taste and mouthfeel are very natural, pleasing, and warming all at once!

I really felt warmed up drinking this, which isn't the case with most "winter warmers". I may not have hit this style on the head, since it's relatively new to me, but I'd recommend this brew to anyone looking to warm up on a cold winter's day or expand their beer-drinking horizions. One couldn't go wrong either way!

JerzDevl2000, Dec 18, 2005
More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%

Appearance – Deep brown in color with a burgundy hue and a modest head. This is very dark for a Weizenbock. It is cloudy and murky.

Smell – The fruits here are very deep and ripe. I want to say mashed raisins soaked in alcohol and a touch of vanilla mostly. I can also pick out black cherries, red grapes, and lots of cranberry. The sweet malt base is muted but present.

Taste – Wow, this is a big ‘un. I’ve never had a Weizenbock with such an emphasis on the fruity nature of its profile. All the smells from the aroma find their way into the taste along with a little bit bigger malt and some sherry undertones. There are also some chocolaty notes in here as well.

Mouthfeel – Well past medium-bodied with little carbonation. The alcohol is much quieter in the mouth, giving this one a very pleasing mouthfeel.

Drinkability – I tried to savor it, but the bottle was just too good. I did well enough though to enjoy the changing flavors are it warmed.

Comments – I don’t see this as a classic interpretation of the style, but The Bros say to rate with personal preference and I loved this one. I got this gem from jcalbi as part of this year’s Christmas Exchange coordinated by xlperro. A big BA THANX to you guys.

Zum wohl!

Update - I haven't reviewed this beer for a couple of years but got a chance to indulge over at Skyhand's Five Star Motel.

It is really really dark in flavor, more so than most Dunkel Weizens. The flavor is terrific and it's one of the better American-made sample of the style.

RoyalT, Dec 28, 2003
Photo of steelerguy
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%

A - Poured a dark brown coffee like color with just a bit of light transmission around the edges. Nice high head that dropped to absolutely nothing very quickly. Moderate carbonation.

S - Lots of nice dark caramel and chocolate roasted malt aroma with a little tang, almost like a Belgian beer. All malt and lots of malt.

T - The malts really come through again and there is some dark fruit along with a bit of chocolate. There is also some serious clove flavor in there, I wonder if a Belgian yeast was used and perhaps a slightly higher temperature than normal lagars. Adds depth and I like it.

M - Finishes pretty crisp, less body than I expected, and the carbonation cleans the palate nicely. Some definite alcohol warmth but it hides it's high ABV well, no harshness.

D - Great winter warmer, when you are looking for something a little different than an American Ale. Packs a punch, but is balanced and smooth with quite a bit of interesting depth in flavor.

steelerguy, Nov 18, 2010
Photo of orbitalr0x
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%

The Ramstein Winter Wheat pours from the bottle a deep dark muddy brown milk chocolate color with a rising bubbly head that falls to a ring around the glass. Aromas begin with some rich dark chocolatey malts along with an upfront spiciness featuring bananas and cloves. Some bitter coffee lingers in the background with a nice overall roastiness. Dark fruits abound. Nice.

First sip brings an intensly rich caramelly chocolate maltiness. Deep dark and roasty with a stream of big clove flavors. Hints of banana and yeast flow through each sip as well. Finishes with some dark fruits, raisins and a touch of coffee and hops. A big malty, tasty brew here with mellow notes of wheat grain.

Mouthfeel is thick and chewy with a mega malt presence that fills the mouth. Mellow carbonation works well here. One of the few weizenbocks I've had...this is quite tasty and I wouldn't mind a few in a sitting. This is how I like my wheat beers! Thanks to dmeadows for the opportunity to sample this one.

orbitalr0x, Oct 05, 2005
Photo of sponberg
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%

a bottle from the SAME four pack as the 2002 review, aged in a 55 degree cellar for four years.

Deep brown with a tan head, doesn't last long. Not much aroma - maybe some toffee, not much else.

This beer ages spectacularly!!! Starts with a smoky, toffeish maltiness, no hops left except for a light bitterness. The same smoky/toffee/hints of wheat/ester flavor carries though the flavor, with a dried cherry note kicking in at the end. No burn whatsoever, and what oxidation there is is well covered by the primary beer flavors. Not as chewy as I'd expect, especially given the percent alcohol. Glad I have one more - the question is, when does it go into the fridge?

Unequivocally recommended for beer cellarers. One of those "what if...?" experiments that definitely panned out.

sponberg, Sep 19, 2006
Photo of shapudding
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%

My first Ramstein, gifted from the oh-so-wonderful GeoffSJ, and given to me when we did our Phillycrawl for Horst!

Poured out darkest brown with just a bit of deep rootbeer showing at the edges. No real head, only at the pour did some show up, but then just clear stillnes. Nice deep, dark, thick scents of rich sherry and terriyaki, maltiness with dark fruits and spiceyness. Very cool. Amost thick, but more medium bodied I would say. Good feel in the carbination, it is just there, not too intense. Nice thick maltiness, red apples, chocolate, caramelly sweetness. The hops with the fruit and malty flavors are very well balanced. There is alot of flavor left in your mouth after each sip. Very nice to drink!
Thanks Geoff!!

shapudding, Jan 02, 2005
Photo of Jason
4.65/5  rDev +11.8%

12 oz brown bottle with a freshness date on the label. Bottle conditioned and at 9.5% abv … there is no worry of freshness. A big thanks to Davo for the sample.

Appearance: Attractively dark with a beautiful lacing up the glass. The head is a bit thin but the retention lasts for the length of the beer.

Smell: Big aromas of dark fruit and faded clove. Malty sweet with a solid wheat malt twang in the back.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Succulently smooth with a rolling yet light crispness that struggles to get through the full body. Slight warming alcohol middle to end, hints of clove underneath the mountain of malt. Hints of dark bread and ripe fruit come to mind, lots of wheat malt flavour with a toasted malt thickness in the finish.

Notes: An amazing brew, I would have guessed 7.0% abv not 9.5%. Very deceiving. So luscious in the mouth and so drinkable for a big beer. A top-notch brew in my book not only for the style but for a winter seasonal.

Jason, Dec 02, 2003
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4.28/5  rDev +2.9%

Enjoyed on tap at the Gate in Brooklyn. Dark and powerful. Lots of fruit and yeast in the nose. burnt flavors. yeast and bready notes. Alcohol obviously present but well in the background of this finely crafted brew. This style continues to grow on me. Strangly refreshing, complex, interesting, drinkable and strong at the same time.

Billolick, Feb 21, 2004
Photo of warriorsoul
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%

Thanks to Jetsbeer for this hand delivery...
Pours a thick black with a full finger of light brown head that sticks around for a little while...very little lacing.
Very inviting with first whiffs...roasted malt, fig and delicate spice.
Taste is pretty darn impressive...I believe this is my first weizenbock, so wasn't sure what to expect. That roasty character is very abundent in the flavor with a hint of smoke and a vineous quality with cherries, raisins and more spice than the nose would suggest.
The wheat is balanced nicely and really contributes to the mouthfeel...while this one is quite thick, the carbonation is high and distracts the drinkability for me personally. Really enjoy the flavor and the finish is quite clean, but I would not have more than a couple of these in an evening...just realized the abv is 9.5%...very well hidden and would sneak up real fast.
I would really like to try this on tap and will try to find some more of their offerings in the future.

warriorsoul, Feb 05, 2006
Photo of badbeer
4.53/5  rDev +8.9%

2005 Bottle.

Pours out a very dark brown with dark red around the edges when held to light. Head was fairly big and a light tan color, retains well, but not as pillowy as one might expect. The smell is one that I've been waiting to experience, almost a revelation. It smells like a wonderful Christmas cookie. It's like a chocolate dipped banana plum, mixed with caramel and molasses cookies. Taste begins with some plum and a bit of dark fruit, plenty of Christmas spices as well, then ends up having a hint of burnt caramel and just a touch of coffee-like roastiness. Carbonation is on the higher side with just a little bit less than medium body. Alcohol is very well hidden in this one. I'm going to see if I can't get more of this so I can enjoy plenty of it during the next holiday season, although I'm sure this is great in any weather.

badbeer, Mar 16, 2007
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4.47/5  rDev +7.5%

12oz. amber bottle courtesy of ppoitras. Freshness date is notched between August and September.

Appearance: Perhaps the most disappointing trait of an otherwaise stellar beer. The color is wonderful, a deep brownish-black with all sorts of ruby highlights at the edges. The head, though, is nearly non-existent, even with an aggressive pour. Just a barely perceptible ring of highly-carbonated dark tan head hovering at the edges. Lacing of the glass still occurs in sheets.

Smell: Wow. A big bouquet of dark fruit, apple pie, cloves, and pepper. Noticeable before the nose gets close to the glass. Very nice.

Taste: Simply wonderful. Up front hefty dose of dark chocolate and caramel drizzled over warm dark fruit. Cloked in darkness, the hefty ABV is detected only at the very end and is perceived as a warming effect in the tummy (that goes nicely with the smile on your face). Finish is "after-dinner-liquorish"...helping you savor this slowly.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: Medium-bodied and pretty creamy, which was surprising, given the very active head. Very easy to drink.

Notes: Having heard of the Winter Wheat from Ramstein, but never checking to see what the style was, I was very surprised when I first tried it. The first thing I thought was "Aventinus...but better!". I was right. A great beer and one I'd love to have again. Thanks to ppoitras for this gem!

OldFrothingSlosh, Aug 05, 2004
Photo of wattoclone
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Another great US craft weizenbock from Ramstein. Very dark appearance with lots of deep-roasted malt and fruity esters. The finish is burnt wood and earthy hops which is different than the typical Bavarian versions. Personally, I prefer the burnt caramel notes to the fruitier German weizenbocks. I really wish this and the other Ramstein brews were easier to find in PA since availability is important to a beer consumer. Fortunately, I came across this one at Capone's and am very thankful for that.

wattoclone, Dec 21, 2013
Photo of BadBadger
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%

Ramstein Winter Wheat from High Point Wheat Beer Company is a pleasant taste treat. It pours a brown color from the bottle. There is a nice sized tan foamy head (short lasting). The smell is a mixture of grassy notes and a few hints of citrus coming through. The taste brings to mind thoughts of cloves, grass, and fruit (put together this is a very nice sensation for the palate). There is no indication of the ABV in either the smell or taste. A pleasant mouthfeel. A highly recommended weizenbock and a new favorite. Seek out and enjoy one!

BadBadger, Mar 06, 2008
Photo of Soonami
4.53/5  rDev +8.9%

Ramstein Winter Wheat is a beer that is hard for me to rate because I have had so few examples of the style, definitely less than five, but from what I can taste and see this beer is ostensibly without faults. The beer was served in a 10 oz tulip from Local 44. It was nearly opaque, dark mahogany brown with just a scummy layer of ecru foam. The beer smells spicy with clove and cinnamon, fruity like candied cherries and cooked bananas and warm like cake. These aromas are carried over in the taste of the beer. It is rich and thick but syrupy or cloyingly sweet. The wheat is manifest in the body and contributes a nice bready grain flavor. The body is luxurious with a whisper of carbonation that is perfect for the beer. I was very surprised by to read this was 9.5% because the alcohol was very well hidden and there was very little alcohol heat. Great beer.

Soonami, Jan 16, 2011
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5/5  rDev +20.2%

Pours thick, not letting much light through if any hold on let me go grab my spectrometer. Yep, I was right opaque deep chestnut brown lucious fine bubbly tan head leaves some sporadic spots of lacing. Aromatics flowing here an amazing mildly smokey chocolate malt characteristic, talk about creativity this is the epitat. Banana and cloves sharp wheat malt sweetness is there somewhere what a complex wheat beer I now fully understand why this beer holds it's own on the Best of BA. As it warms alcohol and more intense over ripened fruit tones arise, nice. It's hard to sip on considering you could just sit here and smell the damn beer all day and be just as happy, but can't let it go to waste can we? A barrage of different but cohesive flavors, wow! A flight of chocolate smoked malts comes over the palate then this flavor is eased by the traditional yeast spawning tones of banana and clove sugar sweet twang and sharp tone of the unmalted wheat used here great stuff can't get over it. One bottle is a tease here with a lucious full bodied weizenbock like this and perfect carbonation you're going to want to look into a case or at the least a sixpack. Who are these guys, High Point Wheat Beer Co. I need to find the brewpub in my beer journeys intense flavorful near orgasmic experience with this beer. No hype needed this beer speaks for itself, great stuff.

WVbeergeek, Apr 14, 2004
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

acurtis, Jul 14, 2012
Photo of sloejams
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%

part of Top 100 BIF - thanks to PEBKAC for this one

The pour looks a bit like a root beer though decidedly less carbonated. In the nose, I caught some clove, some raisin and roasted malt. The flavors were nice, adding a fruitiness like chardonnay masked ny a malt foreground. Very interesting and complex.

sloejams, Apr 23, 2008
Photo of NJpadreFan
3.38/5  rDev -18.8%

Ramstein- Winter Wheat

Purchased a 12oz bottle fro $1.10 at Joe Canal's- Lawrenceville, NJ

A- Dark amber brown with no head. Looks exactly like a glass of coke.
S- clove and wheat with a fruity molasses malt base.
T- Sweet fruity flavors come through like grape and raisin. A mild molasses malt dominates the body and a slight peppery clove twang comes through too.
M- Sweet up front with a slighty boozy dry finish.

Overall- A decent cold weather session beer. Didn't knock my socks off but for a $1 a bottle its definitely worth it!!

NJpadreFan, Oct 03, 2007
Photo of Varkias41
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Varkias41, Aug 22, 2013
Photo of BillyB
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%

Waited online outside the brewery in pretty cold weather for this one. I'd heard good things and that it was only available at the brewery store for a short time. There were about 100 other people online and finally crowded into the small sampling room and spilled into the brewery at High Point.

Needles to say it was worth it. This is a phenomenal beer!

Appearance is a deep dark brown with slight ruby red highlights. Thin wispy beige head. A bit cloudy/murky with some sediment floating around.

Aromas of wheat, smoke, dried fruits like plums, raisins and figs. Also some cherry and chocolate notes.

Taste is smokey, toasty wheat. Plums, raisins, figs. Sweet dark roasty malts and brown sugar. Slight alcohol taste.

Medium bodied and very smooth. Slight alc. is noticeable.

Incredibly drinkable for the abv. One of the best beers brewed in NJ!

BillyB, Dec 11, 2006
Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Smooth and dark wine attractiveness.Chocolate, bourbon and alcohol in aroma.Upfront carbonation. Very nice and drinkable . Replaces wine, with spiciness in yeast and dry finish. Multi-malts with chocolate malt and carmel. Thanks Clarkvv for the sample. Medium-full mouthfeel. Had again 1.7 years later

Sammy, Apr 03, 2005
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4.4/5  rDev +5.8%

Pours a naturally cloudy, very dark brown body with a huge creamy tan head that holds exceptionally well and leaves nice lace. The aroma is sweetish and fruity (berries, cherry) with a lightly smoky phenolic in the background. The body is medium, and the mouthfeel is full and creamy. The flavor offers some distinct caramelized sugars, a soft chocolatey note, a touch of alcohol, and some dull bubblegum. It finishes fairly short and lightly sweet. Although it's not a complex beer, it is quite flavorfull and extremely enjoyable. Highly recommended and well worth seeking out.

NeroFiddled, Jan 13, 2003
Photo of tempest
3.83/5  rDev -7.9%

On-tap at the Farmhouse in Emmaus.

I don't know, this seems a lot of their classic wheat beer to me without much difference. It looks a nice dark brown with tan head and lacing in my pint glass. The aroma and flavor have a strong, earthy character, which is cool, but not normal for the style. Beyond that I found undertones of orange and banana with bigger cocoa and roasted/toasted wheat and malt. This seems more like some hybrid of the weizenbock and an imperial porter. Unusual flavor aside, the element of this beer that really struck me was the sheer drinkability. It hid the alcohol perfectly and offered a medium body that could easily be mistaken for a much weaker beer.

Overall, not my favorite in terms of flavor for the style, but it's something different and very easy to drink.

tempest, Feb 02, 2008
Photo of hooliganlife
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%

pours coffee black with huge chocolate colored head. looks like a can of coke that was heavily carbonated.

scent is heavy wheat with light banana notes

taste is very intense. robust malt and wheat flavor. like dark cherry and raisin flavors. some smokey flavors. tart flavors through the finish make this a slow sipper.

mouthfeel is very smooth, light carbonation and very full bodied.

excellent weizenbock! so many different flavors. glad i got to try this. slow to drink, very slow. so lower drinkability.

hooliganlife, Apr 10, 2009
Photo of nickd717
3.7/5  rDev -11.1%

12oz bottle, 2008 vintage thanks to Arbitrator.

Pours cola brown in color with a small, quickly fading tan head.

The aroma is somewhat stout-like with caramel, molasses, milk chocolate, toast, and a hint of wheat.

The flavor has slight sweetness and a substantial tartness as well (not infection though). Chocolatey, wheaty, and toasty, with caramel malt.

Medium-bodied with a low level of carbonation.

Good beer overall, if a little past prime.

nickd717, Aug 18, 2010
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Ramstein Winter Wheat from High Point Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 284 ratings.